Summer QoTD #14

Which country, despite spanning five geographical time zones, has only one?

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Summer Mini-League #2, Question 4

Born in Weymouth, England (2008) to two loving parents, and died at the age of 2, X’s main claim to fame was his alleged ability to “predict” football match results. This oracle picked winners by selecting, opening, and entering a transparent plastic box with a hinged lid, in which a country’s flag is placed along with a parcel of food and the 2014 FIFA World Cup led to worldwide coverage of his activities.

With a success rate of 85.7% (12 out of 14 matches predicted correctly) and a primarily seafood diet, he lived a good life.

Identify X.

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Summer Mini-League 2, Question #2

Popular as bear cat in some cultures, this animal is endemic to a country which allegedly owns every one of their species in the world. They are rented out to zoos throughout the world for as much as one million dollars per year.

Identify the animal. (Bonus for identifying the country too)

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Summer Mini-League 2 is on!

Hola!

We have been hosting the quiz, Question of The Day (QoTD) on our quizzing blog (donquizote.wordpress.com) for the past few weeks, and now that you have your juices flowing, let’s spice up the air with the second week(end) of Summer Mini-Leagues. Get competitive this weekend from the comfort of your couch and battle for THAT jar of Nutella (oh c’mon you know it’s totally worth it). The second league begins today (July 16) at 12PM.

This league will consist of 5 questions spread over the weekend. They will be published at the following timings:

12 PM, Saturday [16  July 2022]
6 PM, Saturday [16  July 2022]
12 AM, Sunday [17  July 2022]
12 PM, Sunday [17  July 2022]
6 PM, Sunday [17 July 2022]

The quicker you answer correctly, the more points you get! The points awarded for answering correctly are as follows:

First 5 mins: 20 points
Next 5 mins: 18 points
Next 10 mins : 16 points
Next 10 mins : 15 points
Next 15 mins : 14 points
Next 15 mins : 12 points
Next 30 mins: 10 points (one hour has passed)
After this, 1 point will be deducted for every 30 mins passed.

For the third question (which has a 12 hour answer duration: Sunday, 12AM to 12PM), The first hour follows the same marking scheme as the other questions. Then, 1 point will be deducted for every hour that passed.

In the case of multiple attempts, the latest attempt, if correct, shall be considered with half the points being awarded for it.

Your progress will be tracked on the Mini-League leaderboard and the winner of each Mini-League will be awarded with a revered-since-time-immemorial jar of Nutella!

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Summer QoTD #9

The parish of Whitechapel is located in the East End of London, just east of the historical center of London referred to as the “City of London”. This region was known to be a very overcrowded slum in the late 19th century, due to an influx of Irish and Jewish immigrants. Thousands of people lived a hand to mouth existence in boarding houses. Moreover, there were over 1,200 women working as prostitutes in Whitechapel.

The year 1888 saw a total of 11 murders of which 5 were accepted as being committed by the same perpetrator who went by an infamous name.

These “Canonical Five” included 2 murders that happened on the same evening, a mile apart, in a way that involved the murderer actually passing THROUGH the gathered policemen between the 2 murders. The events upset and engaged the public so much that Queen Victoria herself wrote a letter to the Prime Minister demanding action. The killer got a name once the investigative authorities received bizarre letters signed in red with the words _ _ _.

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Summer QoTD #8

Lapis Lazuli is a deep blue semi-precious stone, prized for its intense colour. By the end of the Middle Ages, lapis lazuli, then found only in Afghanistan, began to be exported to Europe, where it was ground into powder and made into ultramarine, the finest and most expensive of all blue pigments. It was often reserved for the clothing of the central figures of their paintings.

A Baroque period artist, who had a penchant for this expensive pigment, used it liberally in all of his oil paintings. He wasn’t well known outside his hometown before a French critic who went by the name William Burger reassessed his works leading to the artist’s distinguished reputation.

One of his more famous works, often compared to da Vinci’s Mona Lisa, has even had a book written (with the same title as the artwork) which was also adapted into an Oscar-nominated film starring Scarlett Johansson.

Identify this artwork and the artist.

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Summer QoTD #6

According to a legend, a mighty hunter with some notable medals on his belt once proclaimed that he would kill every animal on earth. News of this boastful statement reached the caretaker of all the animals, who now enraged, created a creature to slay the hunter.

The creature succeeded in their venture after which their king made sure to give the hunter and the creature who slayed him places in the heavens, but as far away from each other as possible. Courtesy of which the slayer and the slayed can never be seen from the same place at the same time.

Identify the hunter. (Cookie points for recognising the creature)

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Summer Mini-League 1, Question #4

In 1957, two engineers sealed a couple of shower curtains together which they originally tried to sell as wallpaper. However, that pitch turned out to be quite unsuccessful. Stressed, the engineers rebranded it and tried to resell it by marketing it as an insulation.

A year later, the product got IBM as its first client, which was a huge relief for the duo. Since then, the product has gone from strength to strength, and experiences widespread usage in the present day.

What is the product commonly called?

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Fifth and final question of the Summer Mini-League 1 goes up at 6 PM today (10th July)! The answer to this question will be released in the comments at the same time.

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Summer QoTD #5

X is a member of the order Primates. X’s kind have featured as actors in many works of entertainment; mostly movies. X is named the way it is because of the resemblance of their coat to a certain group of hooded monks. Y is a much loved beverage whose nomenclature originates from the word X is. Identify X and Y.

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The first summer mini-league of the season begins tomorrow!

Summer QoTD #3

The journey of this brand started from one of the factories located in suburban Mumbai, which also gave the brand its name. One of their first ad campaigns showcased their product as an Indian alternative to its British counterparts.

Initially sold in wax papers, it was the first Indian FMCG (Fast-Moving Consumer Goods) brand to cross the Rs 5,000 crore mark in retail sales.

A part of their name originally stood for a simple sugar; though a later brand slogan stated that it stood for an exceptionally intelligent person.

Identify this brand.

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